CANCELLED: Gender Dilemmas in Sustainable Development




The Wageningen University Gender & Diversity working group presents a lunch-time lecture on Gender Dilemmas in Sustainable Development

by Dr Wendy Harcourt

Date: Wednesday, October 12

Time: 12:30-13:30

Place: C68, de Leeuwenborch, Wageningen



Wendy Harcourt argues that feminist theory brings important political lessons to sustainable development. Her talk explores: development as transformative politics; intersectionality; and the inter-section of gender with sustainability issues. She argues that new methodologies are required in development that bridge the divide between practice-based analysis and universalising ‘global’ theory. She presents the case for why it is important to learn from those who are breaking new ground listening and learning from the perspectives of communities living and working on the margins of mainstream development.

Dr Wendy Harcourt is Associate Professor in Critical Development and Feminist Studies at the International Institute of Social Studies of the Erasmus University in The Hague. She is Research Programme Leader for the Civic Innovation Research Programme. Dr Wendy Harcourt joined the ISS in November 2011 after 23 years at the Society for International Development, Rome as Editor of the journal Development and Director of Programmes. She has edited 12 books and her monograph:  ‘Body Politics in Development: Critical Debates in Gender and Development’ published by Zed Books in 2009, received the 2010 Feminist Women Studies Association Book Prize. She is series editor of the ISS Routledge Series on Gender and Sexuality and Palgrave Gender, Development and Social Change book series.


Solutions for a Food Secure World: Special Issue

I am very please to announce that a special issue of the journal Solutions showcasing a diversity of solutions for future food security has just been uploaded online. The diverse range of solutions have been proposed by young thinkers from around the world.

Megan Bailey and I would like to thank everyone who worked hard to get this issue out!

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Here is the link to the issue and below you can find a list of the contributions! Happy Reading.


Solutions for a Food Secure World by Jessica Duncan and Megan Bailey

Shifting Power Relations and Poor Practices in Land Deals through Participatory Action in Marracune, Mozambique by Helena Shilomboleni

Food Sovereignty in Rebellion: Decolonization, Autonomy, Gender Equity, and the Zapatista Solution by Levi Gahman


Valuing What Really Matters: A Look at Soil Currency by Randall Coleman

Decreasing Distance and Re-Valuing Local: How Place-Based Food Systems Can Foster Socio-Ecological Sustainability by Susanna E. Klassen

Reversing the Burden of Proof for Sustainable Aquaculture by Simon R. Bush

Alternative Foods as a Solution to Global Food Supply Catastrophes by Seth D. Baum, David C. Denkenberger, and Joshua M. Pearce

Black Soldier Fly: A Bio Tool for Converting Food Waste into Livestock Feed by Marwa Shumo


The Importance of Hunting for Future Inuit Food Security by C. Hoover, S. Ostertag, C. Hornby, C. Parker, K. Hansen-Craik, L.L. Loseto, and T. Pearce

Crediting Farmers for Nutrient Stewardship: Using Carbon Markets to Create Positive Environmental Change by Elizabeth Hardee
Circular Solutions for Linear Problems: Principles for Sustainable Food Futures by Stefano Pascucci and Jessica Duncan

Transparency for Just Seafood Systems by Megan Bailey and Niklas Egels Zandén


India’s Pastoralist Communities: Solutions for Survival Monika Agarwal Interviewed by Jessica Duncan

Book Review

Cities at the Forefront of Future Food Solutions by Aniek Hebinck

Call for Papers: Gendered food practices from seed to waste

Rural Sociology Wageningen University

Call for papers for the Yearbook of Women’s History (2016)

Traditional food festival Pastoralist women at traditional food fair in Gujarat, India  (photo credit: MARAG)

Gendered food practices from seed to waste
Guest editors: Bettina Bock and Jessica Duncan

About the Yearbook

The Yearbook of Women’s History is a peer-reviewed academic annual covering all aspects of gender connected with historical research throughout the world. It has a respectable history in itself, reporting on issues concerning women and gender for 35 years. The Yearbook has addressed topics such as women and crime, women and war, and gender, ethnicity and (post)colonialism. Overtime the Yearbook has shifted focus from purely historical analysis to a broader historical and gender analysis, focused on women’s and men’s roles in society. By focusing on specific themes, the Yearbook aspires that each issue crosses cultures and historical time periods, while offering readers the opportunity to compare perspectives within each volume. There…

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Feminist Political Economy of Global Food Governance: Mapping Transformations in Agricultural Development

Call for Papers:  Feminist Political Economy of Global Food Governance: Mapping Transformations in Agricultural Development

56th International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Convention
February 18-21, 2015, New Orleans

The food price crisis of 2007-2008 highlighted the fragility of food security and led to renewed calls to rethink agricultural policies and to transform the global agrifood system. Feminist scholars emphasize that food insecurity is not simply a result of food scarcity but rather a consequence of gender-blind and misdirected priorities set in agricultural development, economic restructuring and resource management. They criticize the market-oriented conception of food security in global food governance – that is the primary focus at the availability of and access to food. Emphasizing the deeper structural causes of hunger and malnutrition, feminist scholars shift their attention to alternative concepts and strategies in food governance (i.e. food sovereignty, right to adequate food, gender mainstreaming) which address questions of power asymmetries in agriculture and food systems.
This panel focuses at the intensified efforts in the field of global food governance to solve the problem of food insecurity. On a political-institutional level, the panel seeks to scrutinize shifts in policy priorities in global food governance from a feminist perspective. To what extent have alternative concepts and approaches to food security been considered in global food governance after the food crisis? How attentive are these approaches to gender power relations in agricultural development? To what extent have these alternative approaches altered the parameters of global food governance in regard to gender equality? What is the state of gender mainstreaming in the field of global food governance? On a socio-economic level, the panel aims at assessing the influence of international agricultural, environmental and/or trade policies on local farming structures and food systems. How do shifts in food governance and transformations in agricultural development affect the gender division of labor in agricultural production, change women’s participation in agricultural value chains and alter gendered patterns of access to and control over resources?
We invite to send paper proposals (200 words) related to any of the above questions until 23rd of May 2014 to
guelay.caglar (a) and elisabeth.pruegl (a )

Meet a Farmer: Mary Kahwai

I mentioned in a post last week that I would be providing short profiles of some of the people we met while doing field work in Kenya.  

The first profile is that of Mary Kahwai, Chair of the Githunguri District Smallholder Farmers Association (Kiambu County)

Mary has cows, chickens, banana, avocado and maize. She has stated to grow Napier grass as fodder for her cows to supplement the hay.

Mary makes use of the manure produced by her cows for both biogas and for compost. The biogas is connected directly to her stove, meaning she spends less time and money collecting firewood or charcoal. The farm-level biogas plant was installed by a German NGO in 2003.

Biogas plant
Mary gets ready to prepare tea with biogas from her cow’s manure

Mary explained that climate change has led to some big problems, especially around accessing enough water for her and her animals.  This year, due to drought, she does not expect to harvest her maize.

Mary works to teach other farmers in her area about the value of using manure as fertilizer. She is also looking to work with dairy goats which require less food, as her access to grass lands is limited.

Sludge makes its way into this compost hole. The compost is then used as fertilizers for her food crops.

Institutional Change for Inclusive Development

Hello from Kenya where I am working on a proposal on Institutional Change for Inclusive Development.

Over the next few weeks I will be posting short stories and insights from our conversations and adventures in Kenya.

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Learn more about our proposal here:

Here we were this morning with the Dean of the School of Arts and Social Sciences and the Dean of the School  of Tourism and Natural Resources from Maasai Mara University as well as local farmers. The farmer we visited had two acres with diverse crops and a very interesting water management scheme! I will tell his story soon! 

Field Visit
Field Visit